Biden to travel to Tulsa for Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/25/2021, 9:03 PM
Edited: 05/25/2021, 9:18 PM

(TULSA, Okla.) President Joe Biden will travel to Tulsa for the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the White House said Tuesday. 

The announcement came the same day Biden met with the family of George Floyd, who was murdered by a police officer exactly one year ago.  

“The battle for the soul of America has been a constant push and pull between the American ideal that we’re all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart,” Biden said in a statement following the meeting. “At our best, the American ideal wins out. It must again.” 

Further details of Biden’s trip to Tulsa have not been released. 

Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Tulsa, chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, said he was appreciative of Biden’s support of the historic Greenwood District. 

"100 years ago, racism and hatred took away lives and generational wealth from Black Oklahomans," Lowe said. "As Americans, we can no longer allow ourselves to gloss over the uncomfortable parts of our history, but instead, we must confront them. Having a U.S. President come and participate in the centennial is a great step in that direction, especially one like President Biden who has shown a willingness to have the hard conversations we so desperately need to have.”  

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission’s Calendar of Events includes the sold out Remember & Rise Commemorative Program from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 31, with headliners John Legend and Stacey Abrams, and a candlelight vigil marking the beginning of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre at 10:30 p.m. 

For a full calendar of events, click here: 

Click here for more information on the Tulsa Race Massacre: America’s Secret Massacre: A History | Verified News Network 


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